Operations, Supply Chain & Business Analytics

3D Printing: Short-Run Production

As an alternative to traditional manufacturing techniques such as injection molding, additive manufacturing becomes an attractive option at quantities as high as thousands of units. It can also function as a backup for making bridge parts before the regular ones are available in a manufacturing plant. This course discusses some of the key advantages of 3D printing, including part number reduction and thus reduced assembly time; increased reliability; backup capability in case of a part shortage; and possibly lower tooling costs. Instructors Rich Cameron and Joan Horvath also review some of the real-world manufacturing use cases where additive is cost effective and suggest which materials (filament, resin, or powder) might make the most sense for your company and product.

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